With Best Masters Performance one of the #Clubbies2019 awards up for grabs, we decided the relive a huge moment from the recent Pan Pacific Masters Games.
Heather Lee literally walked her way into the record books on the last day of competition on the Gold Coast.
Just days before turning 92, Lee broke the world record in the 10km road race walk for the women’s 90-year category to take out gold at Runaway Bay.
To complete the feat, the dynamo from Richmond NSW, shaved more than a minute off the record she set at the Australian Masters Athletics Championships in April.
“I came here to the Gold Coast to lower my world record so I’m very happy to have achieved that,” Lee told mastersgames.com.au last month.
“I love coming here to compete at the Pan Pacific Masters Games because I’m not defined by my age – I am just one of the competitors regardless of being 91.”
It was a triple treat for for Lee at the Pan Pacs after she also took out the 5000m and 3000m walks for age categories.
Lee said she has her late husband Leonard to thank for the motivation.
“When he was battling lung cancer, despite having never smoked, he said to me ‘now is the time to show your mettle’. This made the hair on the back of my neck stand on end.
“After his death (in 1996) I developed a compulsion to walk. The faster I walked, the better I felt.”